Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a wholly objectionable statement fearmongering further over the already-high prevailing tensions in the Valley, while addressing a news briefing on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, the PDP chief focused on the ongoings in the Supreme Court which will between February 26-28 hear a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A relating to the special rights and privileges enjoyed by the people of J&K.
"This is a very humble submission to powers in our country, there is no assurance from the central government as well", she began, stating, "I want to tell them, don't play with fire."
She elucidated with what can only be seen as a warning: "Don't fiddle with 35A. If you do so the consequences will be so grave that you'll see such things which you would have not seen since 1947."
Challenging the sovereignty of India by saying that 'fiddling with Article 35A' would invalidate the J&K accession agreement, Mufti then claimed that she was working with the other major regional party in the state - the JKNC - regarding the matter, and concluded with another startling warning:
"Regional parties like National Conference - I had a word with Omar Abdullah and discussed with him to make a strategy - strategy to safeguard Article 35A from any sort of attack, because if that happens then I don't know which flag the people of J&K will be forced to raise instead of the Tiranga. And when they do, don't complain that we did not warn you. Don't push the people of J&K, status of all.
Claiming that she had stopped the BJP in this regard while they were in government together, Mufti also drew an election link to the entire matter, brazenly also once again repeating her support for Afzal Guru, the 2001 Parliament attack mastermind, whose interred remains the PDP has demanded be brought from Delhi's Tihar jail to Kashmir:
"Unfortunately, whenever there are elections, J&K becomes embroiled somehow. Before 2014, Afzal Guru was sent to the gallows in a hurry, and it was said in the honourable Supreme Court that it is to satisfy the collective conscience of the country."
The last few days have witnessed Mehbooba Mufti making a host of statements rumourmongering over Article 35A:
She has also spoken against the crackdown on separatist elements in Kashmir in the aftermath of the Jaish-e-Mohammed-perpetrated Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred: